What is Mulching ?
It’s a process in which we cover the surface of a plant around its stem with mulch material like wheat straw, pea straw, or non-plant-based mulch materials like stones or gravel, etc. To control weed, soil erosion, and water retention in crops, orchards, and garden & potted plants.
Benefits of Mulching practiceLoose the soil compaction.Provide good oxygen to the plant root system..Best for weed control.
Ideal material for Mulching
The material you can use for mulching is crop stems, stalks, dry grass, sawdust, leaves, crop residues, and dry garden biomass.
Mulching for plants in potsIf the weather is cold or warm it benefits plant's growth as nutrients add to plants and does the weed control.There is a small layer of mulching that happens as natural falling of leaves of plants in the garden but it’s not possible in case of potted plants.So we need to do mulching in potted plants manually.
Other mulching materials you can use Not only plant-based mulching practice you can do. You can use small gravel and stones. If stones-gravels are light in colour they make the plant soil cool whereas dark coloured stones-Gravels make the plant soil warm
So mulching is a very good practice to enrich plants, control weeds, stop soil erosion, and make soil cool around plants